The Forum with Jim Wallis: Christ in Crisis, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Sunday, November 3, 2019, 9:30 am

The justice advocate and New York Times bestselling author of God’s Politics and America’s Original Sin on his latest book, Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus.

About the guest

Jim Wallis a globally respected writer, teacher, preacher and justice advocate who believes the gospel of Jesus must be transformed from its cultural and political captivities. He is a New York Times bestselling author, widely recognized public theologian, renowned speaker and regular international commentator on ethics and public life. He is the Founder, President and Editor-In-Chief of Sojourners, and is the author of 12 books, including American’s Original SinGod’s PoliticsThe Great Awakening and The Call to Conversion. He served on President Obama’s White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and has taught faith and public life courses at Harvard and Georgetown University. “Coach Jim” also served for 22 seasons as a Little League coach for his two baseball playing sons.

Writing in response to our current moral and “constitutional crisis,” Wallis urges America to look to Jesus as a means to save us from the polarizing bitterness and anger of our tribal nation. In Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus, he writes an unprecedented spiritual field guide for Christians and those of different faiths—or no faith at all—who are trying to survive and go forward in the post-2016 political context. Wallis cautions that silence at the pulpit and indifference towards our neighbors is as destructive as an anti-immigrant, anti-truth, white nationalist administration. Many people who can no longer associate themselves with “religion” wish somebody would talk more about what the first-century, brown-skinned Jewish rabbi of Palestinian ethnicity had to say,” explains Wallis. “They still want to listen to him. It’s always amazing to me how Jesus has apparently survived all of us Christians.” To unite our divided nation and to focus our moral lens, Wallis calls us to heed Jesus’ timely and timeless advice, to fiercely defend society’s vulnerable and to acknowledge that racism and sexism is always a deal-breaker for followers of Jesus.

Jim Wallis on America’s Original Sin at The Forum (2016)

About the host

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.

About The Forum

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.


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